At the beginning of 2011, I predicted that we would see no less than a dozen new tablets released into the market by the end of the year. With over 100 tablets displayed at CES this year, that is turning out to be a pretty safe prediction.
CEA’s Director of Research Shawn DuBravac put together a great (but still incomplete) list of all of the tablets seen at CES. The most interesting parts of the list (IMHO) are the tablet screen sizes and operating systems.
Almost half of the 76 tablets listed in Shawn’s blog had a screen size of 10+ inches. At the top of the list is Kno, who displayed a mammoth dual screen tablet that sported two 14” screens. Seriously. The huge tablet is aimed at schools and universities, and is more of a textbook e-reader on steroids. On the other end of the spectrum is the Panasonic VieraTablet, which offers a choice of screen size - 10”, 7” and itty bitty 4” (ummm, isn’t a 4” tablet called a smartphone?).
Looking at operating systems, Android was the clear leader, with more than 60% of the tablets listed using the Android OS. Linux had a few tablets, mostly representative of the e-reader niche. The Playbook was the sole RIM offering. And the rest were Windows tablets. While most were Windows 7 Mobile offerings, there was still at least one company who was showcasing a WinCE e-reader. Apple, of course, was not present on the list as they continued their long standing tradition of not attending CES.